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Next Life, NO Kids: Failing Amanda Todd

October 27, 2012

Failing Amanda Todd

Once again, we have failed our youth. 

How this shit keeps happening, I do not understand. The story of Amanda Todd is one of the saddest stories; mostly because there were so many opportunities to help this young girl. She gave us chance after chance to help her, and we failed to listen. Granted, I do not know the whole story. I wasn't there, and I don't know anyone who was, but the fact that she is STILL being cyber-bullied even after she committed suicide and it's being tolerated, is absolute bullshit
 
   
What the fuck is wrong with us? Here's a teen trying her best to cope with tremendous amounts of hate, and asking for help. We allowed her to be blasted all over Facebook and now we're allowing people to attack her memory.

There are pages on Facebook mocking Amanda's suicide. I have spoken to several people who have reported the nasty posts on her remembrance pages, and have heard that Facebook is doing NOTHING about them. I myself attempted to report a page titled "Better drink Bleach"**. In order to report "hate speech" on Facebook, you must select race, gender, etc. Then, if the hate speech "qualifies" as such, Facebook gives you the option to either send the hateful person an email (WHAT?) or block them (which, I'm sorry...does what?) Oh, so I don't have to actually see the terrible, nasty, horrible things being written about me online, but everyone else can? This is awful. Here is the response I got from Facebook: 


"Hi,

Thanks for your recent report of a potential violation on Facebook. After reviewing your report, we were not able to confirm that the specific page you reported violates Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

Learn more about what we do and don't allow by reviewing the Facebook Community Standards: https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards.

Thanks,
Viki

Give us feedback to let us know how we are doing: https://www.facebook.com/survey/take.php?survey_id=242477152482072&cid=414464338619360"


This is crazy. How can an entire page, clearly aimed at mocking a 15 year old girl's suicide attempt NOT be a violation of even under the most lenient standards? I am so embarrassed for my generation. We're raising monsters. How does one hear that another human being drank bleach to end her life and then encourage her to try a different brand next time? I don't want to understand the thought process that goes into treating another person like this, but what are we doing about it? I'm fired up about this, and know that something needs to be done. I do not pretend to know what that thing is, or even where to start, but I have to believe we can change this.



Dear Amanda,


I'm so sorry the we failed you. Please look upon others here on Earth being tortured by bullies, and give them strength. Please bless us with some direction, and fill our heads with ideas that can help them. 

Be with God, Sweet Girl, and know that neither your life or death were in vain. 










**UPDATE
The Facebook page "Better drink Bleach" was FINALLY removed.

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